Hell Hath No Fury Like A Painter Scorned: Navy Worker Reportedly Confesses To Starting Fire On Nuclear Sub

Casey James Fury, 24, of Portsmouth, N.H., reportedly wanted to leave work early. Not an uncommon desire in the American workforce. However, Fury acted on his desire by setting fire to a nuclear-powered submarine — the USS Miami attack submarine — causing $400 million in damage. He now faces life in prison for allegedly seeking a day off through arson. One fire was reportedly set after Fury was dumped by his girlfriend.

Fury, 24, is charged with two counts of arson — one for a fire on the sub on May 23 and a second blaze outside the sub on June 16. Notably, he can be forced to pay restitution — a prospect that would require a couple of jobs to put a dent in the $400 million bill.

The Miami was in dry dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for an overhaul at the time. The first fire took 12 hours to extinguish and damaged the torpedo room and command area. At the time, Fury was working as a painter and sandblaster.

After the fire, the Navy concluded that the fire was not set due to a vacuum cleaner sucking up a heat source that in turn ignited debris inside.

Fury reportedly confessed after being told by Navy investigators that he failed a lie detector test. Polygraphs are often used for their ability to unnerve a suspect or prompt a confession. I have handled cases where the test itself was little more than theater — isolating a suspect and then confronting them with an allegation as “proven” by the machine. It is not clear why Fury would consent to such a test if he was the culprit or why he did not secure counsel.

One possible defense may be that Fury was taking three different medications for anxiety and depression at the time. However, these conditions generally fall considerably short of any type of insanity defense. They could go to mitigating the sentence however.

Fury reportedly told Timothy Bailey, an agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, that he was experiencing rising anxiety and decided to set fire to some rags on a bunk in the submarine. He reportedly said that he started the second fire after his girlfriend sent him a text saying that she was seeing another man. While most men turn to pick-up bars or dating sites on such occasions, Fury decided to torch the docking area of a nuclear attack sub.

Source: Fox

24 thoughts on “Hell Hath No Fury Like A Painter Scorned: Navy Worker Reportedly Confesses To Starting Fire On Nuclear Sub

  1. Don’t they have counsellors? Such a confined work environment must be a challenge to patience. If they don’t have counsellors on board, then Fury needed to seek a remedy elsewhere. Terrible decision making process.

  2. I trust that the warheads had been removed before the work started in dry dock. But this IMHO should be of greater concern than Aurora, CO.
    The nuke power unit was still on board. Rods removed? Not likely.

  3. Sweden?

    The same. A contractor’s vehicle, routinely controlled, had a lump of C-4. In total about 3,500 are employed at the nuclear power station. The investigation is still going on, I believe.

  4. You know you’re in good hands with these folks at the helm….. Didn’t Ernest Borganine recently pass…..

  5. Why any person would consent to a lie detector test is the function of police coercively suggesting failure to do so is a sign of guilt. They have no scientific basis except as police theater and the use, even though inadmissable in court, should be banned. Their banning should be because they often send police off in a wrong direction leading to conviction of innocents and escape of the guilty.

  6. Mike – there you go again trying to inject reason and science into important topics like justice. THis sort of talk is just upsetting to the millions of people who desperately need to believe in magic.

    The value of the lie detector can be seen any time the prime suspect passes one & police and prosecutors dismiss the results as “unscientific”. When the results are in favor of the government then they naturally are convinced of their value.

  7. Frankly,

    You’ve got it right. I watch a lot of these real crime shows on TV. Invariably the police will focus on one suspect, usually wrongly and whatever the lie detector results will use them to wrongly pursue their case. I wonder if they really understand the test’s unreliabilty, or have been convinced by their own “experts” of it infallibilty and/ or the deceitfulness of a prime suspect. A ” no- win” proposition for the suspect and definitely “theater” as the Professor wrote.

  8. Frankly, There you go thinking it’s all about justice : )

    Lots of luck on the guy making restitution at 50 cents an hour in prison.

    Maybe he’s a covert anti-war activist keeping a war machine in dry dock. My kind of hero.

  9. The apparent arson conduct of Casey James Fury is, to me, of the same form of sociobiological process as the Killing Fields of Cambodia under the Pol Pot regime, the Nazi German regime Sobibor “Final Solution” camp, the nuclear-fission bombing of Nagasaki, the Cherokee nation Trail of Tears, the murder of Emmett Till, the illegality of marijuana, child abuse, the dastardly destructive – catastrophically socially contagious – ruinously addictive – utterly psychotic delusion of guilt, believing that adversarial process is ever actually just, and the shattering brain damage which is inextricable from the internalization of deception that is essence and process of the traditional infant-child transition of typically 18 months of age.

    The late Scottish psychiatrist, William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn, M.B., Ch.B., M.D., was an object relations theorist and pragmatist. With written permission, as found in, “From Instinct to Self: Selected Papers of W. R. D. Fairbairn, Volume I: Clinical and Theoretical Papers,” David E. Scharf and Ellinor Fairbairn Birtles, eds., Jason Aronson, Inc., Northvale, NJ and London, 1994, pages 155 and 156:

    [begin written permission quotation]

    An Object Relations Theory of the Personality

    In response to many requests I have prepared the following brief synopsis of the theoretical views I have expounded over the last twenty years (see References; Fairbairn 1952a, 1952b, 1954, 1955, 1956a, 1956b, 1957, 1958, Guntrip 1961).

    1. An ego is present at birth.
    2. Libido is a function of the ego.
    3.There is no death instinct; and aggression is a reaction to frustration or deprivation.
    4. Since libido is a function of the ego and aggression is a reaction to frustration or deprivation, there is no such thing as an ‘id’.
    5. The ego, and therefore the libido, is fundamentally object-seeking.
    6. The earliest and original form of anxiety, as experienced by the child, is separation-anxiety.
    7. Internalization of the object is a defensive measure originally adopted by the child to deal with his original object (the mother and her breast) so far as it is unsatisfying.
    8. Internalization of the object is not just a product of a phantasy of incorporating the object orally, but is a distinct psychological process.
    9. Two aspects of the internalized object, viz. its exciting and its frustrating aspects, are split off from the main core of the object and repressed by the ego.
    10. Thus there come to be constituted two repressed internal objects, viz. the exciting (or libidinal) object and the rejecting (or antilibinal) object.
    11. The main core of the internalized object, which is not repressed, is described as the ideal object or ego-ideal.
    12. Owing to the fact that the exciting (libidinal) and rejecting (antilibidinal) objects are both cathected by the original ego, these objects carry into repression with them parts of the ego by which they are cathected, leaving the central core of the ego (central ego) unrepressed, but acting as the agent of repression.
    13. The resulting internal situation is one in which the original ego is split into three egos–a central (conscious) ego attached to the ideal object (ego-ideal), a repressed libidinal ego attached to the exciting (or libidinal) object, and a repressed antilibidinal ego attached to the rejecting (or antilibidinal) object.
    14. The internal situation represents a basic schizoid position which is more fundamental than the depressive position described by Melanie Klein.
    15. The antilibidinal ego, in virtue of its attachment to the rejecting (antilibidinal) object, adopts an uncompromisingly hostile attitude to the libidinal ego, and thus has the effect of powerfully reinforcing the repression of the libidinal ego by the central ego.
    16. What Freud described as the ‘superego’ is really a complex structure comprising (a) the ideal object or ego-ideal, (b) the antilibidinal ego, and (c ) the rejecting (or antilibidinal) object.
    17. These considerations form a basis of a theory of the personality conceived in terms of object-relations, in contrast to one conceived in terms of instincts and their vicissitudes.

    [end written permission quotation]

    My expertise regarding the infant-child transition is very simple to accurately explain. I never went through the infant-child transition (sometimes called, “the terrible twos”?). I never developed any semblance of the ego split states of Id, Ego, or Superego of Sigmund Freuds’s personality model, and I never developed the repressed antilibidinal ego of Fairbairn’s ego-splitting model because I never developed attachment to any rejecting (antilibidinal) object, nor did I ever develop the repressed llibidinal ego attached to any exciting (libidinal) object because I never was put into any situation in which there was sufficient separation as to activate an form of separation anxiety sufficient to result in my using ego-splitting as a psychological defense mechanism.

    Autism spectrum diagnosticians have, of late, labeled me as being of the autism form of a “high-functioning autistic savant. I have undergone fairly extensive “brain scan” study, with the observed result of my having “marked spatial incoherence” of brain activity; this is, I find, along with actually lived experience, akin to prima facie evidence of my being somewhere within the synesthesia spectrum. Very routinely and regularly, I have demonstrated having a form of eidetic memory.

    University of Massachusetts-Amherst psychology professor, Robert Feldman described aspects of his view of autism in his book, “The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships,” Twelve, Hachette Book Group, New York & Boston, 2009. The first quotation is from page 258, the second and third quotations are from page 73, and the quotations are used with written permission.

    [begin page 258 quotation]

    There’s a dirty secret I’ve been trying to avoid emphasizing in this book, but its about time we faced it. All of us are liars. Yes, that means you. And yes, it means me, too.

    [end page 258 quotation]
    [begin page 73 quotations]

    Parents of children with autism often report that their children are simply incapable of lying. While at first glance unrelenting honesty might be seen as a virtue, in fact it is at the heart of the social difficulties children with autism experience.

    Consider the irony of the situation. Honesty in children with autism is viewed as a manifestation of their disorder. Subsequently, autistic children who were originally unfailingly honest but have begun to show signs of lying effectively are considered to be showing improvement in their condition.

    [end page 73 quotations]

    During the week before I started kindergarten at Columbia School, in Seattle, Washington, at dinner, my dad said, to me, “There is something that concerns me. You never went through the infant-child transition. I never heard of anyone who didn’t do that before, and I don’t understand it; but, however you are doing it, your life seems to be working for you. If things happen in school, talk with your mother and talk with me.”

    Things did happen in school, and I did talk about them with my parents. For first and second grade, we lived in Eureka, California, in the catchment area of Marshall School. As with kindergarten in Seattle, first grade in Eureka was not particularly problematic for me.

    Second grade at Marshall School was, I retrospectively surmise, a stunningly, remarkably, personally shattering encounter with forms of brain damage which are the cause of, and the result of ,the supposed societal necessity of truthful infants being unrelentingly coerced into becoming self-deceived according to localized custom.

    My second grade teacher at Marshall School, as best I can determine, was of the school of thought as described above by Robert Feldman; by second grade, every boy should have properly learned to be a liar. Having been given the amazingly beautiful gift of being intransigently and inextricably autistic, I had never so learned.

    My best guess so far is that my teacher “knew” that all second grade boys are malicious liars, and set out to teach the boys to admit their lies. Alas, I had never even begun the first step along the way of “showing improvement” (Feldman, second page 73 quotation) in my condition.

    For whatever it may be worth, at age 73, I remain as intransigently and inextricably autistic as I was the day before I was born.

    My Marshall School second grade teacher’s response to my not confessing my lies was to send me to the principal’s office for corporal punishment (paddling), perhaps with the expectation that I would set aside my “sociopathic dishonesty” by admitting the fact of my lying.

    I did ask my teacher to tell me what it was that I was doing “wrong.” She always answered with some form of, and often verbatim, “You know perfectly well what you did wrong, I saw you do it.”

    While in second grade at Marshall School, I never had a hint of a clue as to what my teacher deemed to be my purported wrongdoing. It took me most of 65 years to develop an even remotely plausible model of her sense of my “wrongdoing.” I have come to believe that what I was doing wrong was simply not lying.

    As with Feldman’s “Consider the irony of the situation…,” had I admitted to lying when I was not lying, I would actually have been lying; lying about lying being a for of lying itself. However, in second grade, I was without a wisp of an iota of a clue as to that sense of the nature of deception.

    The principal paddled me until she observed an overt change in my conduct, which she misinterpreted as my “having learned my lesson.” I did not learn said lesson,

    In utter and stark terror at the intensity of the hatred-based abuse being inflicted upon me, my brain’s final recourse for survival was the asylum of agitated catatonia.

    After school, on the first day of my having become agitated-catatonic, I told my parents what had happened, and they expressed genuinely grave concern. Came bedtime, and I went to bed much as I had done before. Only, as I began to drift into sleep, I began screaming “at the top of my lungs” in utterly stark terror.

    My parents came to my bed, comforted me and told me that they were concerned that neighbors might hear my screams and call the police and I would be taken away from my parents. They asked me if I could find something else to do other than screaming in terror.

    In short order, I plunked my right thumb in my mouth, the better to find some useful contact comfort as any decently self-respecting profoundly-autistic child might wisely do, and began, while lying on my back, to throw my head from side to side as hard and as fast as I could, thereby (now putting what I did into words I did not then have) releasing the thwarted freeze discharge of the terror of earlier in the day, and thereby evading becoming traumatized from the terrifying paddling experience.

    That method of unthwarting a freeze discharge is, in my view, adequately explained in the published, and readily available, books of neurologist Robert Scaer and psychologist Peter A. Levine.

    Commonly two or more times a week, and sometimes twice or more in one day, I was sent to the principal’s office at Marshall School to be paddled until I went into an agitated-catatonic state.

    However, I knew that my teacher and principal did not know how to treat me any more decently than they were treating me, because they were not treating me more decently, and I forgave them instantly and remembered what they did in detail and especially remembered my having unconditionally forgiven them.

    I also recognized that they were not familiar with how to treat me any more decently than they were doing, and that reinforced my both remembering what they had done and especially forgiving them unconditionally and permanently.

    Far more than knowing and recognizing that they were effectively incapable of treating me more decently than they were doing, I vividly understood that they were unable to understand how to treat me more decently, because they were not actually treating me more decently, and I both remembered what they had done and remembered my absolute-amnesty forgiving of them and their actions that I never developed any will to retaliate in kind or in unkind.

    I have rejected the internalizing of deception throughout the whole of my life. No has ever been able to find a way to hurt, or traumatize, me anywhere near to enough that I would take the broad path of social consensus deception instead of the socially-abhorrent narrow path of remaining as a lifelong infant; the narrow path of being “unfailingly honest” as Feldman described.

    Until an ordinary, run-of-the-mill person who is neither more nor less special than is anyone else has actually, and demonstrably, lived a life such as mine, it might be reasonable to allow that my actual life would be, at best, merely a ludicrously absurd hypothetical.

    In the summer of 1997, now slightly more than 15 years ago, I successfully defended my bioengineering doctoral dissertation at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My dissertation is titled, “Mental Health and Mental Illness: Cause, Purpose, Cure, and Prevention; A Bioengineering Perspective.” In large measure, that dissertation is a scientific autobiography of key aspects of my life as a successfully autistic person, professional engineer, and research scientist.

    As a neurological mechanism, a curious property of deception is simply that a person who is deceived cannot be consciously aware of being deceived, for the simple reason that being consciously aware of being deceived is neurologically indistinguishable from being not-deceived.

    The root, in-principle-preventable, root cause of human destructiveness is unresolved trauma instilled in individual persons during the infant-child transition, and replicated at least in part unwittingly via the usually-unconscious mirror neuron (observational learning) system.

    For now, I attribute observed human destructiveness to the incompleteness of human social evolution, and I have a hunch that these “troubled times’ are a clarion call to pay attention to the rightful protesting of abuses by of children whose infant-child transition is of “terrible twos” form.

    I live by a simple method of understanding. If it is helpful, it is right. If it is right, it is helpful. If it is hurtful, it is wrong. If it is wrong, it is hurtful. It is helpful to learn what is hurtful through doing as many hurtful things as is required in practice to understand what is wrong because it is hurtful and how to avoid doing what is wrong because it is hurtful. Therefore, nothing that actually happens can ever actually be wrong.

    Trauma, when unresolved, generates forms of learned helplessness.

    This work has been written in accord with the Code of Ethics of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

    J. Brian Harris, Ph.D., P.E., NSPE
    Wisconsin Registered Professional Engineer No. 34106-6
    Life Member:
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    National Society of Professional Engineers
    Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers
    Association for Psychological Science
    Institute of Biological Engineering
    Biomedical Engineering Society

  10. J. Brian Harris, Ph.D., P.E. 1, July 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    How did you learn to hold your breath that long?

  11. Some folks have a more effective and efficient diving reflex than other folks do.

    That may be a hint of evidence regarding the actual nature of biological diversity as an expression of the “quantum mechanical” probability patterns which may be the innermost core of actual existence.

    An in-depth, detailed study of the work of theoretical biology, including, but not limited to, the work of people such as Walter Elsasser, Robert Rosen, A. H. Louie, and a host of others, may enlighten folks as to why the (superstitious?) and increasingly evidently quasi-pseudoscientific method of reductionism is staggeringly incapable of actually representing biological phenomena with even a modicum of decently viable long-term accuracy.

    And yet, a journey of a googol miles begins with a single neuron’s post-synaptic membrane depolarization?

    I have come to understand the functional brain of a human as being the whole of the human’s ectoderm, in the sense of neurons and the supporting tissues and structures of neurons; and a human mind as the process of the human’s brain.

    The curious may choose to read Bruce H. Lipton, “The Biology of Belief.”

  12. Some people are indeed gifted by autism. I would have expected from the tale that it would have ended in some multiplex showing of Batman, holding the gun.

    Many questions, none expected to be answered.

    How could I have understood my dysfunction? It can have begun with a colicky abandoned child who someone tried t smother the screams with a pillow.

    How did the others fare by acknowledging their “lies” to the satisfacition of the teachers?

    Is humiliation a sufficient alterantive cause, ie equally effective trauma as constant paddling into submission and mental retreat?

    Did you mention relations with peers? How did that function? In my case, not at all.

    You might find this Asperger person’s work interesting. He was the President of the New Mexico Engineering Society or Scientists, not certain. Zuppero is his name.


    NB long doc=long loading time; informal tale


    A Formal lecture.

    Good Luck.

  13. No, misspoken or poorly so.
    Autistics don’t hold guns. I meant to say that autism perhaps shielded you from the abuse you experienced.
    A “normal” person might have been traumatized, as indicated by the hatred which I see in Holm’s eyes, so that the “normal” would hold the gun.

  14. Dredd1, July 24, 2012 at 6:57 am

    “Don’t they have counsellors? Such a confined work environment must be a challenge to patience.”

    Heh, the Navy isn’t “Star Trek”. Anyway the guy was a civilian contractor working at the shipyard doing maintenance – he wouldn’t have access to the sub’s medical support except in emergencies.

    Only the largest of our warships even have a chaplain onboard, none routinely carry psychologists.

  15. idealist7071, July 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

    “I trust that the warheads had been removed before the work started in dry dock. But this IMHO should be of greater concern than Aurora, CO.
    The nuke power unit was still on board. Rods removed? Not likely.”

    MIAMI is a Los Angeles class attack submarine, not a ballistic missile sub, as such she doesn’t carry nuclear armed ballistic missiles and its extremely unlikely any of the Tomohawks were nuclear armed, even so she would have offloaded all of her missiles and torpedoes before going into the yards.

    As for the reactor – the whole sub could have gone up in flames and then sunk to the bottom of the harbor without any danger of a release of radioactivity. We’ve actually lost two nuclear subs to accidents at sea (USS THRESHER and USS SCORPION), both in 1963 and to this date there is no release of radiactive materials from their cores and that’s with the THRESHER sitting in six major pieces on the bottom of the ocean for nearly 50 years.

  16. J Brian Harris I have a more common story that I seldom share. I was raised catholic, and introduced to monthly confession. The nuns were good enough to prod us to use the correct words to begin this 1st step in communicating directly with god, and even suggested what common sins we youthful reprobates should confess to.
    For about 5 ? years I dutifully went to confession and lied to the priest about sins I DID NOT commit. If I remember correctly I fought with my brothers and sisters, and lied to my parents. Every month, same thing, same lies to the priest. I of course was quite smart, I would change the # of digressions religiously so the priest would not catch me lying. Pretty much the most consistent lies of my youth, were lying to the priest that I had lied.
    I may submit this last sentence to Websters as an example of what the meaning of Irony is.
    My above average (I believe) devotion to truth may be linked to a few traumatic events in my adolescence, and the hammered home statement in the catholic faith “God does everything for a reason” I never understood why god killed my 5 year old brother when I was 8, why my 3 yr older brother was severely retarded and institutionalized by the time I appeared on scene, and a few less though still traumatic events, that a frightened youth may (and was) totally unable to process.
    I at this time in a senseless hurricane of non understanding, chose to hear the words “God does everything for a reason” I could not figure out why God…as in the Almightiest of the Almighty was treating me so badly.
    I believe at some point thereabouts I devoted myself to being truthful, how could god punish me if I was honest. ….. I suppose this is not the worst choice a youth could make, as a matter of fact, today in my adult life I am content with it.
    Years ago I went to therapy, and found out god was not punishing me, I was actually quite a good person. ALLELULA !!! I also began to suspect atheism (or agnosticism) was a better way to deal with the realities of life, than a flying spaghetti monster.
    My reliance on truth seems to have a different origin than yours, as far as terrible twos go I have no clue. This I know ….being honest and truthful is a road that is high and freeing. When I stumble the way back onto this magnificent road is simple, it is truth and honesty.
    Thank you for your sharing, I didn’t have a clue I would be sharing this much back.

  17. Yeah, David, you have been a good influence here. And this latest is an example of the sharing we need to do here around what I call the campfire.

    I came out direct thanks to MikeS giving his life’s fight to us all, not me actually. I was new, and followed up with my story. But that has been my purpose, but for reasons I won’t repeat now it often went wrong in terms of relating to folks.

    I wonder how many of us have “weird” stories to relate.

    We either cure ourselves and our society or we go under.

    Met a guy yeaterday, a medieval times enthusiast. He said none of us would have survive the times then.

    Neither will we this one either, as it appears now.

  18. Oh really,

    Do you know how to turn off the grid? You leave the emergency generator system totally operational. I don’t know anything about it. No fire. EM5, Navy.

  19. “Budget cuts are not the cause for loss of The Miami. Employing and entrusting an individual with DUI history and mental health issues to step foot onboard a nuclear powered submarine was the cause. And this time around, there isn’t one gun that could be blamed for doing this, or any excuse he has been given for his past behavior problems will get him out of this.

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